[linux-elitists] defining DRM?

Ron Guerin ron@vnetworx.net
Thu Jan 20 17:21:24 PST 2005


On Thu, 2005-01-20 at 17:12 -0800, Don Marti wrote:
> 
> You can't make your definition of DRM depend on
> legal terms such as "copyright" because what a DRM
> system does is to copyright law as a machine gun on
> a motion detector is to real estate law.

[snip]

> So here's my definition so far.  I'm sure it's full
> of holes.
> 
> Digital Rights Management is any technology that
> selectively restricts and permits uses of a copy of
> a cultural work by the owner or authorized user of
> the copy.

You can't make it depend on culture either.  DRM is used to control
access to non-cultural materials also.  (think VitalBook textbooks)

- Ron




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